''After years in a school uniform, dressing to look cool on campus can be a challenge. Here are Ruby's top tips''
Name: Ruby Tsui
Ruby is a Year Three fashion design student at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was the winner of the Party Wear Group in the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest 2007. She also won second prize in the Hong Kong Fur Design Competition this year.
What is the latest trend for young people this summer?
White or plain colours, leggings and oversize tops are hot picks for girls. Plain tops with details like ruffles make you look clean and fresh. Try to wear a white outfit made from different materials.
For boys, neutral is in. Pick T-shirts in soft colours, such as beige, pink and pale blue. Accessories made from natural materials like bamboo are also hot.
What do you think is the most suitable style for university students?
I think smart casual is the best for school. You can develop your own style, but don't be too excessive. You can save that for parties.
How can young people find their own style?
Read fashion magazines. Japanese fashion magazines focus on cute styles, while western magazines feature casual wear.
You should first decide on your fashion interests and direction. Then you can choose the right magazine for reference. But remember not to copy whole outfits.
Where do you usually go shopping?
I usually buy my clothes from Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.
If you don't have much time, you can go to big chain stores which offers a variety of designer clothing and accessories. For budget shoppers, second-hand stores and small boutiques are good choices.
Try different tones of the same colour. For example, you can mix and match black and dark grey to create a layering effect.
Avoid wearing contrasting colours, such as red and green, at the same time. Dress smart to cover your flaws. For example if you think you have a big stomach, don't wear tops that don't cover your hip.